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Thanks for your reply on this matter.
I have been playing 2 &1/2 yrs so not too much practice too early. It's only come on of late....maybe old age creeping in!! lol.
Will reduce my practice sessions to start with. I have always found tension a problem too. Have been trying to relax during sessions with some success but it creeps back in now and then. Will keep focused on relaxing and playing softer, more relaxed. I am also trying to change my playing technique with a more relaxed mouth and harp deeper into the mouth and tilted upwards towards the nose. I learnt this technique from one of Jon Gindicks learning books. I find this helps not only the jaw ache (to a degree) but my playing ability on single notes.....which has come a long way. But at the same time this mouth position does not seem to compliment all songs I try to cover. Lastly. Do you know of any jaw exercises that harp, brass players do to strengthen the jaw area?
The jaw ache may be because your mouth is adapting to the harp, thus changing shape and stresses on the jaw. If the problem doesn't go away with practise, I'd suggest seeking medical help. It's good to reduce practise sessions below the hour as a short term management thing, but if you can't play for an hour without pain then it is indicative f an issue.
I suspect you are trying too much too early. It's probably safer to start short and build up to long sessions. 20 minutes is the ideal practise session in many ways as you are warm enough to do stuff but do not fatigue. But then you don't get enough time to do intense work. Jason Ricci for example, talks of spending 30 - 60 minutes on scale exercises alone. Then moving onto more detailed practise. Us mortals don't have time for this. But if you can't play for an hour without an ache then there's an issue.
It happens in over arenas too, where muscles aren't prepared for longer sessions. For example, I play trumpet in a feeder band (one for those less abled players) for an A Grade Band (highest non-professional band). I also play cornet in a brass band. A trumpet player from the A grade band joined the brass band and was exhausted after 30 minutes. Trumpets in most bands can spend a lot of time resting. In brass bands they play all the time. She wasn't used to playing for so long. She adapted quickly though.
I would hope te problem goes away with time, but I wouldn't push the practise sessions. I still only play without rest for about 40 minutes at a time
Looks and sounds like a great start to me Harpdoctor
I too have been working on just getting the melody right. Thankfully we don't have to stop trying at the end of the month. That way I may get to embellish the tune. I am in danger of taking up folk music. My trumpet may never forgive me.
I just loaded Sound Cloud the other day but have yet to use it. I see sound cloud and box compared on another site on another web site.
I know at least one person is using sound cloud. I have u tube pretty well figured for the videos, but want to start using files.
A couple of questions
Do they link to social media or are there settings to control ??
also..when they say a fellow like Walter Tori has a nice embedded player on his web site for his lessons..what are they talking about ?
I know various people here probably use different methods so Ii was hoping we could talk them out in this thread...
,,mostly because I'm starting to forget who said what about what and how etc...
here's my version of Wabash Cannonball. I'm playing it on a Hohner G Chromatic.
Gosh, more headaches. I cannott get it to play here, you have to cut and paste it onto address line.
Great start Andy, but I agree that one has to learn the melody so well that it is muscle memory before starting to embellish the tune. My problem is that I never get beyond the basic melody.
Thanks Marcy. That sounded great.
The Mandolin Café. -another place I frequent too much
thanks, I'm all set... I was trying to quote the other fellow but didn't do it right.
I can see how it could be confusing,though.
Hello Spideyak, we all should do some simple breath control and jaws exercise everyday to overcome this short of problems. I, myself have been doing some breath control exercise everyday for ten minutes. If you practice like, with the consultation of an expert, I think within 15 days you will get some results.
That's funny about Golden Slippers. It's why I ask for suggestions for the monthly polls to be session standards. The hope is that we'll learn them here and then have a few ready for when we do go out and play. I bet you'll run into John Hardy before long. I first heard the tune from an English mandolin player over on The Mandolin Café. I went looking for other videos and found mostly ones from your side of the pond. It seems to have sprung up with some popularity over there lately.
Thanks very much, Harmlessonica. Must be option A, because thankfully, I didn't have to do any bending in this tune.
I have uploaded one video that Howard commented on -he basically said don't do that! It was fair enough as my question was whether the way I was tongue blocking would lead to trouble later on. Just uploaded a second, I'll have to steel myself for the feedback.
Golden Slippers was a new one on me when you posted it in the poll Marcy, and then it crops up again a week or two later, coincidence or synchronicity?
Wildwood Flower I know reasonable well, John Hardy less so, don't hear them all that often this side of the pond, although it seems there's a local bluegrass festival in summer, not really my thing but I might trot along.
I'm trying to stop myself shooting ahead to The Star of the County Down, we are working on that in the Monday band at the moment